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In The Early Morning Sun May 23, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Climate,Katerina,Natural Beauty,Photography,Photos,Seasons — Janet @ 9:09 pm

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Echoes Of The Past February 22, 2018

Filed under: Ballard Seattle,Belmont,Childhood,Climate,Memories — Janet @ 4:33 pm

I can hear it now – “No School All Schools All Day” in the following towns in the Boston area………..   That was the announcement on the radio at 7:30 a.m. if there had been a heavy snow fall or an ongoing blizzard.   That was in the 1940’s.  And it seems to be the same 80 years on.  Here in Seattle I heard it this morning.  We had about 2 inches of snow last night.  It’s beautiful!  No longer does it mean no school for me – it’s for my grandchildren.

IMG_5233   beautiful but this small amount of snow creates havoc on Seattle’s hilly streets

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Before The Rain September 17, 2017

IMG_4390  getting the last of the sun’s rays this morning

 

Late Entry – Colours of August in Seattle and Dublin October 31, 2014

Filed under: Cats,Climate,Colours,Family,Seasons — Janet @ 7:06 pm

N.B.  the following post was written originally in September 2010

I’m late in compiling my Colours of August for Sue’s annual calendar.  This is a most interesting series of monthly colours in various parts of the world.  For other entries see Sue at Life Looms Large.

I spent the first 2 weeks of August in Seattle (latest grandchild baby Sean was born August 1) and then I flew back to Dublin for the final packing up.  WE returned to Seattle August 28.  So I’ll select a few pictures from these 2 locations 6,000 miles apart.

  Baby Sean Ian, a few hours old, held by his grandma, considerably older

  an iconic sight in Seattle – such an environmentally friendly city with its big employer Amazon

  a few of my plants  along the path to our front door, note the mums – a sign of the season

  the apples are getting riper

Now we cross the miles to Dublin

 photo taken from the upper floor of Marks and Spencers in Dublin, looking down on Davy Byrnes pub, a famous landmark on Duke Street in Dublin

  selection of yarn for Fall knitting – This is Knit Shop, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin

  Fresh air market near Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin – note, it’s raining

  loading up the removal van with our final boxes

  goodby Slinki, our wonderful cat, oblivious to our impending departure.  That was sad!

 

Late Entry – Colours of August in Seattle and Dublin September 3, 2010

Filed under: Cats,Climate,Colours,Family,Seasons — Janet @ 7:03 pm

I’m late in compiling my Colours of August for Sue’s annual calendar.  This is a most interesting series of monthly colours in various parts of the world.  For other entries see Sue at Life Looms Large.

I spent the first 2 weeks of August in Seattle (latest grandchild baby Sean was born August 1) and then I flew back to Dublin for the final packing up.  WE returned to Seattle August 28.  So I’ll select a few pictures from these 2 locations 6,000 miles apart.

  Baby Sean Ian, a few hours old, held by his grandma, considerably older

  an iconic sight in Seattle – such an environmentally friendly city with its big employer Amazon

  a few of my plants  along the path to our front door, note the mums – a sign of the season

  the apples are getting riper

Now we cross the miles to Dublin

 photo taken from the upper floor of Marks and Spencers in Dublin, looking down on Davy Byrnes pub, a famous landmark on Duke Street in Dublin

  selection of yarn for Fall knitting – This is Knit Shop, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin

  Fresh air market near Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin – note, it’s raining

  loading up the removal van with our final boxes

  goodby Slinki, our wonderful cat, oblivious to our impending departure.  That was sad!

 

July Colours from East to West July 20, 2010

Filed under: Climate,Colours,Gardening — Janet @ 10:15 pm

        

I was on the East Coast a couple of weeks ago, visiting in Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut.  One of the highlights of the trip was my sister’s purchase of a mood ring.  This was in a gift shop in Perkins Cove in Ogunquit.  Well, this mood ring gave us many laughs.  The most prominent and frequent colour was blue – which meant that she was happy.  So blue has to be one of my colours for this month.   When I arrived in Seattle, one of the things that struck me was the BLUE hydrangeas – they are everywhere.  Now I am well used to red and pink hydrangeas in Dublin, but we seldom have blue.  The picture to the right is one of my favourite bright blue houses on my street here.  If you look closely you can see the Old English Sheepdog who lies on the sofa looking out the picture window.  I always wave as I walk past and then he doesn’t bark at me.

  and a nice bright blue sky license plate – this is South Dakota 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mr. (or Mrs.) Robin on the roof of the Caprice Kitchen cafe – outlined against the blue sky – this was taken near our house – mornings have tended to be overcast and then we have been having clear blue skies in the afternoons.

                                                                                                                                                                                              blue verging on purple

                                             just to show that we have pink in Seattle, in fact we have many many colours as this time of year

 

Colours of February February 27, 2010

February is zipping by – it’s time to put up my colours before the month is gone completely.  And it’s an excuse to put up more photos of February in this part of the world – Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  February 2010 has been a very mild month here, possibly the mildest February on record.  The birds and bees and trees are a bit confused as are the humans – but we have been enjoying our weather and marvelling at it.  The predominant colour now as we near the end of the month is PINK.  The cherry trees are glorious and we also have colour in our skies.

     

   the forsythia are reflecting the good weather

  I think this is a chenomeles (sp.?)         and this was a magical moment when the Fairy Tale Mt. Rainier was illuminated in a pink evening glow

   and this was the moon at 2 a.m. on Thursday Feb. 25

                   

    my new project, a crocheted blanket – started near the end of February – the colour looks grey here but it is closer to pale lavender

   and this is a painting with many grey tones.  I found it today in my unpacking.  The artist is Peggy Lewin who was the wife of the Burmese Ambassador to Bangladesh in the early 1980’s.  We purchased the painting at an exhibition featuring paintings by Peggy Lewin; ceramics by Carol Kabir, a potter; and woven rugs by myself, a weaver.